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Adieu Stéphane

 “The worst possible outlook is indifference that says, “I can’t do anything about it; I’ll just get by.” Behaving like that deprives you of one of the essentials of being human: the capacity and the freedom to feel outraged. That freedom is indispensable, as is the political involvement that goes with it.”

“The worst possible outlook is indifference that says, “I can’t do anything about it; I’ll just get by.” Behaving like that deprives you of one of the essentials of being human: the capacity and the freedom to feel outraged. That freedom is indispensable, as is the political involvement that goes with it.”

“When one is received by the world in television studios, when one writes bestsellers, when one has baptised an international mobilisation movement, does one still die?”
– Le Point

Men and Women come and go but some stay a little bit longer.

Stephane Hessel was a giant.

He refused to serve Vichy’s government and fought with de Gaulle’s Resistance in 1941, he survived the Buchenwald and Dora concentration camps in 1944 and even survived torture by water-boarding that same year, he co-wrote the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and was a co-founder of Collegium International.

He was a giant.

Our generation will remember him as the author of the international bestselling pamphlet ‘Time for Outrage‘ (Indignez-Vous) which sold 3.5 million copies worldwide and was translated into Swedish, Danish, Basque, Catalan, Italian, German. Greek, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Croatian, Hebrew, Korean and Dutch. It influenced the Worldwide Occupy Movement and gave its name to the Spanish Indignados.

He was a giant.

A day will come when a newborn child will be welcomed in a world where justice is real, where equality lives and where happiness exists. When that day comes, we will look back at our foolishness, at our stupidity. We will realize that our freedom only came because we knew how to stand on the shoulders of giants.

Adieu Stéphane, Merci.

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2 Responses to “Adieu Stéphane”

  1. Johny Ayouv

    One of my favourite quotes from Stephane Hessel:
    The Western obsession with productivity has brought the world to a crisis that we can escape only with a radical break from the headlong rush for “more, always more” in the financial realm as well as in science and technology. It is high time that concerns for ethics, justice and sustainability prevail. For we are threatened by the most serious dangers, which have the power to bring the human experiment to an end by making the planet uninhabitable.”

    Good bye Stephane Hessel, the world of today needs giants like you

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